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Anxiety: When Nothing Else Feels Real



Anxiety: When Nothing Else Feels Real




Anxiety is a complex and often overwhelming mental health condition that affects millions of people worldwide. While its manifestations can vary from person to person, one common experience reported by individuals struggling with anxiety is a feeling of detachment from reality. In this blog post, we will delve into the phenomenon of anxiety where nothing else feels real, exploring its causes, symptoms, and potential coping strategies.


The Surreal World of Anxiety


Imagine waking up every day to a world that seems distant and surreal, as if you’re watching life through a blurry lens. Your surroundings may appear distorted, and the people and objects around you feel detached, almost like you’re living in a dream. This altered perception of reality is a characteristic symptom experienced by those living with anxiety.


Causes of the Disconnect


Anxiety is often rooted in a complex interplay of biological, psychological, and environmental factors. The feeling of detachment from reality can be attributed to several causes:


  1. Hypervigilance: Anxiety can lead to a heightened state of alertness, causing individuals to focus excessively on potential threats. This hyperawareness can result in a disconnect from the present moment and a feeling of detachment.


  1. Depersonalisation and Derealisation: Depersonalisation refers to a sense of detachment from oneself, while derealisation describes a feeling of detachment from the external world. Both experiences can be distressing and contribute to the overall sense of unreality.


  1. Cognitive Distortions: Anxiety often distorts our thoughts, leading to negative interpretations and catastrophic thinking. These distorted thought patterns can further reinforce the feeling that nothing is real, as anxiety clouds our perception of the world.


Symptoms of Disconnection


Individuals experiencing anxiety-induced detachment may exhibit a range of symptoms, including:


  1. Feeling emotionally numb or detached from oneself.
  2. Sensations of being an outside observer in one’s own life.
  3. A sense of unreality or living in a dream-like state.
  4. Difficulty concentrating or focusing on tasks.
  5. Memory problems or difficulty recalling past events.
  6. Heightened sensitivity to sensory stimuli.
  7. Dissociative experiences, such as feeling disconnected from one’s body.


Coping Strategies


If you find yourself struggling with anxiety and feeling disconnected from reality, consider these coping strategies to help regain a sense of grounding:


  1. Mindfulness and grounding techniques: Engage in mindfulness practices such as deep breathing, meditation, and grounding exercises to anchor yourself in the present moment and reduce anxiety.


  1. Seek support: Reach out to friends, family, or a mental health professional for support. Talking about your experiences with someone who understands can provide validation and help alleviate feelings of isolation.


  1. Therapy: Consider seeking therapy, particularly Hypnotherapy, which can help identify and challenge negative thought patterns and develop healthier coping mechanisms.


  1. Self-care: Prioritise self-care activities that promote relaxation and reduce anxiety, such as exercise, adequate sleep, and engaging in hobbies you enjoy.


  1. Limit stressors: Identify and minimise triggers that contribute to your anxiety. This may involve setting boundaries, practicing time management, or avoiding certain situations that exacerbate your symptoms.


  1. Medication: In severe cases, medication prescribed by a mental health professional may be necessary to manage anxiety symptoms. Consult with a healthcare provider to explore appropriate options.




Living with anxiety can be an isolating experience, especially when nothing else feels real. However, it’s important to remember that you are not alone and there is help available. By understanding the causes, recognizing the symptoms, and adopting effective coping strategies, you can navigate the surreal world of anxiety and reclaim your connection to reality. Reach out for support, prioritize self-care, and take small steps towards healing. Remember, there is hope for a brighter and more grounded future.

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